A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Being stripped of T20 captaincy helped resurrect my career, says Cameron White

White had a couple of brilliant innings during the World Twenty20

Even though being stripped of the Twenty20 captaincy hurt, Australian batsman Cameron White noted that it also helped resurrect his international career.

After being replaced as captain, White stated that his time playing domestic cricket in England and Australia, along with the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) helped him regain some form.

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Age, White said: “It definitely helped in the situation I was in at the end of the summer because I was able to go away to IPL [Indian Premier League] and county cricket and, I guess on a selfish note, just worry about my performance, really, and not worry about all the things that go with the captaincy. From that point of view it was probably a good thing.”

National coach Mickey Arthur stated that he was extremely impressed with White’s performance throughout the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.

To make things even better, Arthur noted that White was in Australia’s plans for the 2015 ICC 50-over World Cup.

George Bailey, who replaced White as captain, stated that White had now become more confident and also looked to be a better leader as well.

“I really see some confidence in ‘Whitey’ and I think probably not being captain has allowed him to flourish, as silly as it sounds, as a leader. I think he is a lot more comfortable to be himself and come out and talk to guys, and he’s certainly been a big help to me,” Bailey said.

However, contrary to Bailey’s comments, White believes he has not changed as much as people think.

“I’ve always thought it was something that never affected the cricket I played, it was something I enjoyed, but at that particular time, yeah, I can see what George is saying. When you’re not captain you can relax a bit, you don’t have all the outside, away-from-cricket things that go on, especially when you’re captain of an Australian team. So I still feel within the group I’m one of the leaders, helping out George where I can, and the younger boys, too. I’ve played a bit of cricket now and there’s a few young faces around,” White said.

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